The Collected Stories of Jean Stafford - Part 3, Chapter 20 Summary & Analysis

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Part 3, Chapter 20 Summary

Polly Bay is engaged. Living in the house of her Uncle Francis and Aunt Jane, Polly is unclear whether she truly loves the man or is merely using him to escape her family and her present life. The man's name is Robert Fair; he lives in New England. Polly has been engaged for five months, and she hasn't told her Uncle or Aunt. Polly is the only member of her generation to have remained living in the family home in Adams, Colorado. There is great tradition in the generations of Bays that have been born and grown here. All of Polly's cousins and siblings are experiencing the unfettered lifestyle that exists outside of Adams. Family piety is expected of Polly Bay.

In a week, Polly will leave town for New England. Polly has bought new clothes, packed, and given notice at...

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